Vehicles kill 3 tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park

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FILE - In this April 4, 2008, file photo, Marines wait for a desert tortoise, endangered and protected by federal law from harm or harassment, to move off the road at the U.S. Marine Corps' Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., just north of Joshua Tree National Park. People driving in the park are being asked to watch out for wildlife after the deaths of three desert tortoises in the past week. Two were killed in a campground. The National Park Service said Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that factors contributing to the deaths include a big increase in visitors in recent years and the spring bloom that has drawn animals like the tortoise out to feed. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP)(STL.News) — People driving in Joshua Tree National Park are being asked to watch out for wildlife after the deaths of three desert tortoises in the past week.

Two of the tortoises were killed in a campground.

The National Park Service said Wednesday that factors contributing to the deaths include a big increase in visitors to Joshua Tree in recent years and the spring bloom that has drawn animals like the tortoise out to feed.

Desert tortoises are a threatened species that typically have 50-year lifespans in the wild, with some living 80 years.

Park officials say objects that may look like a rock or branch on a road could be one of the Joshua Tree’s resident animals.

 

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